Who are we?

The Community Research and Development Division is a group of scholars, activists, researchers, practitioners, students, and other individuals who are interested in bringing social justice to marginalized communities. Our focus on social justice at the group level leads us to ask questions about the determinants and consequences of communities’ exclusion or marginalization from processes and resources. We are also concerned about the collective identity and lived realities of communities, and how those identifications and experiences affect everyone’s well-being and quality of life.

Why join?

  • Connect with others studying and acting to address issues of social justice in marginalized communities.
  • Participate in a rich community of collaborators with shared interest in the interplay of scholarship and activism.
  • Engage in an environment that values a balanced approach to researching both privilege and deficit at the community level.
  • Get support and recognition for producing rigorous academic work that has practical implications for members of marginalized communities.

Graduate students: we encourage you to take an active role in the division! This is a great way to get some experience working within a professional organization and to develop relationships with more senior scholars and activists. Don’t forget the Community Research and Development Division Graduate Student Paper Competition that is held every year!

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Division mission statement was reviewed in November 2018 by Meghan Ashlin Rich, University of Scranton Community Research and Development Division Chair, 2017-2019.  No edits were made.  Division mission statement last edited in 2015 by Tamara G.J. Leech, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, Community Research and Development Division Chair, 2013-2015.

 Some Readings

Alex Kotlowitz, There Are No Children Here. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

Ann Bookman and Sandra Morgan (eds.), Women and the Politics of Empowerment: Perspectives from Communities and Workplaces. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

Carol Stack, All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. Basic Books, 1974, reissued 1997.

Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.

Elijah Anderson, Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community. University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Herbert Gans, The Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. New York: The Free Press, 1962 (1982).

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961.

John Emmeus Davis, Contested Ground: Collective Action and the Urban Neighborhood. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1991.

Kai Erikson, Everything in Its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.

Ledwith, Margaret. Community development: A critical approach. The Policy Press, 2011.

Mario Small, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio. University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Mark S. Homan, Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World. 4th Edition, Belmont, CA: Thomson, 2008.

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods. University of California Press, 2008.

Mary C. Waters, Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities. Russell Sage Foundation Books and Harvard University Press, 2001.

Mary L. Ohmer and Karen DeMasi, Consensus Organizing: A Community Development Workbook, A Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Community Change Initiatives. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009.

Michael E. Stone, Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

Min Zhou, Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Ethnic Enclave. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991.

Mollenkopf, John H., Mary C. Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway. Inheriting the city: The children of immigrants come of age. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009.

Peter Medoff and Holly Sklar, Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood. Boston: South End Press, 1994.

Randy Stoecker, Defending Community. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.

Robert Courtney Smith, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants. University of California Press, 2005.

Robert Putnam and Lewis Feldstein, Better Together: Restoring the American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Sampson, Robert J. Great American city: Chicago and the enduring neighborhood effect. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Sheryll Cashin, The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream. New York: Public Affairs, 2004.

Stoecker, Randy. Research methods for community change: A project-based approach. Sage, 2012.

Thad Williamson, David Imbroscio, and Gar Alperovitz, Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era. New York: Routledge, 2002.

William Julius Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. University of Chicago Press, 1987.

William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. Vintage, 1996.